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Stay Safe & Healthy In Kinshasa

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It is very advised that you always have a local with you at all times (besides while being in your hotel). Cab drivers will frequently accompany you to local businesses and make brief stops, and if you find a good one, they will also function as your interpreter. Take care of whatever equipment you have with you, such as digital cameras and video cameras. Take caution with what you photograph as well. Even though they state no pictures at the airport or in government buildings, the police and UN personnel will often get agitated if you take recordings in other areas where it is theoretically permissible. Just make sure you have a good number of locals with you who know what they’re doing and can give protection and a route out if you get stranded or in difficulty. Take their advise and pay attention while you’re out and about. If you have any doubts about photographing anything, don’t do it unless you have received very specific orders to do so. Keep cameras out of sight unless you’ve been given permission to photograph anything (which is just like taking a photo to them it seems). When shooting images, be prepared for both hostile and good responses.

When traveling by automobile, always lock all of the doors before you leave, since opportunist criminals are known to attempt to open them and steal your valuables. Bags and valuables should also be kept out of reach and sight for the same reason.

Be careful if you are contacted by anyone pretending to be police. If they are not wearing a uniform, they are most likely not police and are aiming to steal your money and goods. A popular ploy is for a group of guys in a vehicle to offer you a false police identification card and request that you accompany them to the police station. Do not get in your automobile; instead, walk away. Prepare to flee. Never lose your cool, but keep bargaining in a nice manner; eventually, they will give up.

Recent road scams have featured a gang of phony police officers in an unmarked 4×4 truck pulling up unsuspecting persons travelling alone in automobiles, then forcefully taking them into their vehicle, driving them out to the country, robbing them of everything, and abandoning them stranded. While the primary targets have been UN personnel in apparent white UN cars, all foreign drivers should be aware of this gang or any working in a similar manner. People should never drive alone in automobiles, particularly after dark, for their own safety.

Stay healthy

Drinking the local water is not a good idea. Bottled water seems to be reasonably priced, however it might be difficult to get at a reasonable price. The best way is to tip the housekeeping staff to get extra bottles put in your room if you are staying in an upscale hotel that provides it with the room (usually if you tell them while giving them the money that works the best, and after the first two days of asking for the water you usually don’t have to worry about telling them anymore, just give them the $5 a day).

Make sure you have all of the necessary vaccines, such as yellow fever, typhoid, and so on.

Mosquitoes may be an issue across the city. Malaria treatment should be administered.

How To Travel To Kinshasa

BY PLAINSouth African Airways, Kenyan Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, and Royal Air Maroc all offer a number of weekly flights from their respective hubs in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, and Casablanca. Air France from Paris, Brussels Airlines from Brussels, and Royal Air Maroc from Casablanca in Morocco all provide connections...

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MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.75 Tomatoes1 kg$ 3.13Cheese0.5 kg$ 11.00Apples1 kg$ 7.00Oranges1 kg$ 4.70Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 1.75Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ 15.00Coca-Cola2 liters$ 4.20Bread1 piece$ 1.25 Water1.5 l$ 2.10RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 37.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ 59.00Dinner (High-range)for 2$ 90.00Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ 12.00Water0.33 l$ 1.00Cappuccino1 cup$ 6.50Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ 2.50Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 2.00Coca-Cola0.33 l$ 1.50Coctail...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Kinshasa

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Sights & Landmarks In Kinshasa

National Museum of Kinshasa, +243 12 61494. The museum, which opened in 1970, has a huge collection of anthropological artifacts.Lola ya Bonobo,  +243 818 141492. The only orphaned bonobo shelter in the world. The sanctuary has existed in Les Petites Chutes de la Lukaya, just outside of Kinshasa, since 2002.Bombo-Lumene Game Reserve (130 km...

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Food & Restaurants In Kinshasa

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